MIMF

1st Molyvos International Music Festival

Metamorphoses | 19-21 August 2015

The people who attended the 1st Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) are talking about a real metamorphosis. For 3 days, 19-21 August 2015, the alluring village of Lesbos was filled with the melodies performed by 21 highly acclaimed classical music musicians in the evening concerts at the Byzantine castle and in surprise musical moments taking place in the traditional cobble streets of Molyvos during the day.

The people of the island embraced the Festival. In all concerts the castle was full. The audience, local people and visitors from all over the world where thrilled. “I am used to listening in such high quality music in the concert halls of Germany and Austria. I would have never expected to hear it in the castle of Molyvos!” told a member of the audience. Some people said they visited Lesbos just to be part of the Festival.

Programme

A NEW ERA

Opening concert | Molyvos Castle | 21:00


DARIUS MILHAUD (1892 -1974)
Scaramouche, op. 165 (arr. Don Stewart)

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 – 1897)
Horn Trio in E-flat major, op. 40

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 – 1975)
Two Pieces for String Octet, op. 11

W. A. MOZART (1756 – 1791)
Adagio and Rondo in C minor, KV 617

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)
Tango Suite (arr. Theodore Kerkezos) *world premiere*

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT

Molyvos Castle | 19:00


RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 – 1949)
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, op. 28 (arr. Brett Dean)

And excerpts from:

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856)
Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 – 1897)
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, οp. 24

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK (1854 – 1921)
Hänsel und Gretel

SPIRITED YOUTH

Molyvos Castle | 21:15


RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 – 1949)
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, op. 28 (arr. Brett Dean)

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856)
Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 -1827)
Septet in E-flat major, op. 20

TRANSFORMATION

Lunchtime concert | Mithymna Conference Centre (Molyvos) | 12:00


BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913 – 1976)
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49

JEAN FRANÇAIX (1912 – 1997)
Petit Quatuor (arr. Sebastian Manz)

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 – 1949)
Metamorphosen (arr. Rudolf Leopold)

AFTERLIFE

Closing concert | Molyvos Castle | 21:00


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)
Sonata in B-flat major, KV 358

BEDŘICH SMETANA (1824 – 1884)
String Quartet no. 1 in E minor “From My Life“

GUSTAV MAHLER (1860 – 1911)
Symphony No. 4 in G major (arr. Klaus Simon)

MOLYVOS MUSICAL MOMENTS

Look out for our surprise mini-concerts!


During each day of the festival, “Molyvos Musical Moments” – small musical interludes – will take place in beautiful spots throughout the village with musicians from the festival. Find us playing in the streets, on the harbour, at the beach… Try to catch us for some unique musical moments.

Twice a day around 12.00 and 18.00

Artists

 Marc Bouchkov
Marc Bouchkov

Violin

 Jaebok Cho
Jaebok Cho

Double bass

Born in Daegu, South-Korea, Jaebok began his studies on the double bass at the age of 16. He studied in Seoul National University and later went to Berlin. There, he studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music with Stephan Petzold. Jaebok Cho ended his studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Michael Wolf. After graduation, he continued his postgraduate studies at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater with Michael Rieber and the Folkwang University in Essen under Niek de Groot.

While studying, Jaebok was a substitute bassist with the Konzerthaus Orchestra and Rundfunk-Symphonie- Orchestra Berlin as well as the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg. During his training he was awarded the Second Prize at the 8th International Double Bass Competition in Brno (Czech Republic) and he won a Second Prize in the Competition of the Elise-Meyer- Stiftung Hamburg. Jaebok was appointed Principal Double Bass of the Duisburg Philhamonic Orchestra in 2010, and since 2014 he was appointed Principal Bass of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hanover. He also freelances with other orchestras.

 Danae Doerken
Danae Doerken

Piano

Called ‚the discovery of the year‘ by classical music magazine crescendo and ‘on her way to the very top’ by concerti magazine, German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is, at age twenty-six, among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and peer musicians alike with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and great profundity of her musical thinking.

A uniquely gifted talent at very young age, Danae received the support of Lord Yehudi Menuhin when she was seven, and soon began to cause a stir at major European venues with her ‚sparkling joy of playing’ (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). Following her studies with the internationally venerated teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling und with Lars Vogt, she is today a regular guest of major orchestras including the Munich Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan Symphony and Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. She has performed to great critical acclaim at London‘s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, KKL Lucerne, Cologne Philharmonie, Philharmonie Essen, at Gasteig in Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Bozar Brussels, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Frankfurt Alte Oper, and Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Danae Dörken also performs regularly at major festivals including Kissinger Sommer, Schwetzingen festival, LuganoMusica, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Piano Espoo Finland, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Musikfestival, Lucerne Piano Festival and the renowned ‘Spannungen’ festival in Heimbach.

Danae Dörken’s groundbreaking recording of Piano Concertos by Mozart and Mendelssohn (with Royal Northern Sinfonia) was released in 2016, to raving critical acclaim. Previously, her solo recording of fantasies by Schumann, Schubert und C.P.E. Bach (ARS Produktion) was nominated for on ICMA Award. Her 2012 debut CD, featuring solo works by Leoš Janáček (also on ARS Produktion), received equally enthusiastic reviews.
Of Greek descent, Danae Dörken founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) in 2015 together with her sister on the island of Lesbos.

www.danae-doerken.com/

 Kiveli Doerken
photo: Giorgia Bertazzi
Kiveli Doerken

Piano

Kiveli Doerken, born 1995, has been playing piano since the age of five. Her first teacher was Marina Kheifets. Since 2003 she was a student of Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Hanover University of Music. Following her professor’s death in 2012 she continues her studies in HMTM under Lars Vogt.

She won the “International Steinway Competition” in Hamburg as the youngest participant ever at the age of five and proceeded to take first prize in the “International Grotrian Steinweg Competition” for six consecutive years. She received several first prizes with maximum scores at the German competition for young talent, “Jugend musiziert”, at the International EPTA Competition in Croatia and the International Piano Competition for the Rotary Youth Music Prize. She has earned scholarships from the “Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Doerken Foundation” (no relations), the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”, the Festival “Spannungen” and the International Musicacademy Liechtenstein.

At the age of eight, she gave her first concert with an orchestra. She now performs on a regular basis (including with her sister Danae Doerken) in all major halls and festivals in Europe, as well as in China and the USA.
Kiveli Doerken has been filmed by Arte and the WDR and has performed for the Dalai Lama and Angela Merkel.
The critics describe her music as “ein Kaleidoskop der Gefühle und der Klangvielfalt“ (“a kaleidoscope of feelings and tonal diversities“).

kiveli-doerken.com/

 Joolz Gale
Joolz Gale

Conductor

 Caroline Goulding
photo: Georgia Bertazzi
Caroline Goulding

Violin

For nearly a decade, the virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding has performed with the world’s premier orchestras, in recital and on record and has blossomed from “precociously gifted” (Gramophone) 13-year-old soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra to “a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career” (Washington Post).
Caroline’s 2016-2017 season launches with the summer 2016 release of her first new recording since the GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping debut released on Telarc in 2009, when the violinist was just 16.

Caroline’s recital album with pianist Danae Dörken on the ARS label includes works by Schumann, Enescu, and Dvořák. Caroline and Danae celebrate the release of the new album with a June 2016 nomination for the prestigious Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik in the category of “Chamber Music,” and a CD release recital in New York’s Steinway Hall in September 2016. Orchestral engagements this season include Indianapolis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Boise Philharmonic and Stamford Symphony in the US. In Europe, Caroline will perform in Lucerne, Stuttgart, Gstaad, Freiburg and throughout Germany in recital with Danae Dörken.

Since that 2006 Cleveland Orchestra debut, Caroline has gone on to appear as soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Milwaukee, Pasadena, Alabama, the National Symphony, Florida Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in North America. She has also appeared extensively in Europe and Asia with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Tonhalle-Zurich, the Louvre Museum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and has performed as a chamber musician as part of the Marlboro Music Festival.

Widely recognized by the classical music world’s most distinguished artists and institutions for her “vibrant and intensely musical” playing (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Caroline was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011 and in 2009, she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship. She has also garnered significant attention from music and mainstream press, appearing on NBC’s Today, MARTHA and Germany’s Stars von Morgen hosted by Rolando Villazón. Caroline has also been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, From the Top, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Caroline has studied with Christian Tetzlaff, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff and Julia Kurtyka.
Caroline plays a violin made by Brooklyn-based maker Sam Zygmuntowicz, c. 2016.

www.carolinegoulding.com

 Noé Inui
photo: Jetta Deplazes
Noé Inui

Violin

“Inui is a violinist of mesmerising energy and tremendous talent, and his New York debut demonstrated the breadth of his playing.” the Strad

Truly it can be said of violinist Noé Inui that he is a citizen of the world! Born in Brussels in 1985 to a Greek mother and a Japanese father, he has been living in Düsseldorf since 2006. As a graduate of the Conservatories of Brussels, Paris, Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf, Noé is still having lessons on a regular basis with mentors Ulf Hoelscher and Rosa Fain. Noé has won many prestigious prizes, among others at the Verbier Festival Academy with the Prix d’Honneur and Prix Julius Bär, the Special Prize for Young Talents at the 2005 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, and in 2011 the Gina Bachauer Prize in Greece. He is frequently invited to perform as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors in Europe, Japan, Brazil and the USA. As a chamber musician he has played with musicians such as Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos, and often collaborates with Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. With him and the German cellist Benedict Klöckner, Noé formed the acclaimed Trio Bell’Arte. His interest in modern music offers him fresh scope, combining strength, virtuosity and vigour with sensitivity. He has also recorded three cds with the Trio Carlo Van Neste, of which he was a member. Noé is playing a Tommaso Balestrieri (Mantua, 1764).

noeinui.com

 Danjulo Ishizaka
Danjulo Ishizaka

Cello

 Eleni Kamvysidi
Eleni Kamvysidi

Percussion

 Michael Kaulartz
Michael Kaulartz

Bassoon

 Theodore Kerkezos
Theodore Kerkezos

Saxophone

 Benedict Klöckner
Benedict Klöckner

Cello

“Remarkable, really remarkable, perfect playing! Absolute control of technique, intonation and colour.” Daniel Barenboim, February 2016

Germany’s most promising cellist Benedict Klöckner was born in 1989. He plays concerts with renowned orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic, the Kremerata Baltica, under conductors such as Howard Griffiths, Ingo Metzmacher and Heinrich Schiff. He performs all over Europe, the USA and South America at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, the Tonhalle Zurich and many more. He plays chamber music with artists like Danae Dörken, Christoph Eschenbach, Gidon Kremer, AnneSophie Mutter and Sir András Schiff. He is the winner of major international competitions having received the European Culture Prize awarded by the European Culture Foundation. Benedict Klöckner regularly collaborates with contemporary composers such as Wolfgang Rihm (whose Cello Concerto “Temptation” he performed in Munich) and Howard Blake, who composed a cello sonata for him. Since September 2014, Benedict Klöckner is the artistic director and founder of the International Music Festival Koblenz presenting highest level chamber music concerts. He received his artistic training from Martin Ostertag, and as a young soloist of Kronberg Academy Masters with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, graciously financed by the Angela Winkler Scholarship, since October 2009. Benedict Klöckner is also very grateful to Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Michael Sanderling, and Sir András Schiff for the musical insight and support they have offered for his artistic development. He plays an Italian cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona, 1680) kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

www.benedictkloeckner.de

 Eva-Nina Kozmus
Eva-Nina Kozmus

Flute

 Sebastian Manz
photo: Marco Borggreve
Sebastian Manz

Clarinet

Manz delights the media as a musician “who bowls melodies and notes along in front of him with such agility in their colour and nuances, it is as if they were balls he was expertly juggling” (SZ), and the Rheinische Post writes of his cd In Rhythm that “it swings and stimulates, refreshes and weeps, and you just cannot get enough of it”. His big breakthrough came with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008, where he won not only First Prize in the clarinet category, which had not been awarded for forty years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. Sebastian Manz has since then been one of the most popular soloists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. Two ECHO Klassik awards have confirmed his fame. He has been solo clarinettist with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart since 2010. Sebastian Manz has so far performed as soloist with important orchestras in the biggest venues around the world. His discography now boasts nine cds, all of which impressively document his versatility and talent on the instrument and are equally impressive for their interesting choice of works comprising both standard repertoire and rarely heard works. Being the grandson of the Russian violinist Boris Goldstein and the son of two pianists, Manz’s musical roots are in his German-Russian family background. He was born in Hanover in 1986 and he first learned the piano, but soon concentrated on the clarinet after listening to Benny Goodman’s recording of Carl Maria von Weber’s E-flat Major Concerto, which fascinated him and awoke a longing for the instrument. Among his most important teachers and supporters were the acclaimed clarinettists Sabine Meyer and Rainer Wehle. In February 2017, his most extensive cd project so far, the complete works for clarinet composed by Weber, has been released at the renowned label Edel/Berlin Classics. From summer 2018 onwards, Sebastian Manz will be a member of the CMS Two programme at the famous Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Alongside his concert work, Sebastian Manz has been active for some time in the Rhapsody in School organisation founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools.

www.sebastianmanz.com

 Céline Moinet
Céline Moinet

Oboe

Praised as “one of the finest oboists in the world” (International Record Review), Céline Moinet has been one of the most exceptional performing artists on her instrument for the past 10 years. She is in demand as a soloist with all the major orchestras in the world, including most recently at the Salzburg Festival with Christoph Eschenbach and Staatskapelle Dresden. She also regularly tours as soloist with Dresden Kapellsolisten and Kammerorchester Basel. She signed as an exclusive artist with Harmonia Mundi, winning unanimous plaudits from critics for her recording of works for solo oboe as well as chamber music with harp.

Céline was born in Lille, France in 1984 and completed her studies with highest honours at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique under the tutelage of David Walter and Maurice Bourgue. She continued her artistic training with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the orchestra of the National Theater Mannheim. At just 23 years of age, Céline won the prestigious position of solo oboist at the Staatskapelle Dresden performing with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta and Claudio Abbado. She is also a regular guest of orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. Celine plays oboe and cor anglais exclusively from Marigaux, Paris.

 Hyeyoon Park
photo: Benjamin Ealovega
Hyeyoon Park

Violin

On the concert platform Hyeyoon Park combines integrity with elegance, focus with panache, all of which makes her an artist of true style and virtuosity. In 2012 Hyeyoon received the London Music Masters Award, which brought her to prominent venues in the UK. Passionate about education, this award has also provided her with a platform to bring her music and performance into London’s schools, many in underprivileged areas. She was previously awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2011 and she was the youngest ever first prize winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

Hyeyoon Park made her orchestra debut at the age of nine with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, hr Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Tokyo, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and in Spring 2016 she gave her London Philharmonic Orchestra debut performing Korngold under the baton of Osmo Vänskä.

The 2016/17 season will see her perform internationally with Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Olari Elts, MDR Leipzig Orchestra/Kristjan Järvi, Trondheim Symphony/Krzysztof Urbanski. She performs with the New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo under the baton of Clemens Schuldt and Milton Keynes City Orchestra with Damian Iorio. In summer 2016 Hyeyoon Park directed an ensemble of conservatoire students in performances at Hindsgavl and Tivoli Festivals, Denmark.

Hyeyoon Park appears regularly as a recitalist and chamber musician with partners including pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performing next season in Essen’s Philharmonie and on tour in the UK. With pianist Huw Watkins she gave the world premiere of a work by Mark Bowden making her debut at the Newbury Spring Festival. She has also appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musical Olympus and Les Violons de la Paix. She has collaborated with Gidon Kremer, András Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Lars Vogt, Daniel Hope, Alban Gerhardt, Antje Weithaas, Jan Vogler and Florian Uhlig.

Born in 1992 in Seoul, Hyeyoon Park has studied at the junior colleges of the Korean National University of Arts, and University of Cincinnati with teacher Piotr Milewski. She has studied with Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin since 2006. Since 2010, she has studied with Christian Tetzlaff as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy, at which she completed her master’s degree in 2016. These studies are funded by the Nikolas Gruber Stipendium. Hyeyoon Park has also participated and performed at the Marlboro Festival, USA, at the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida.

Hyeyoon Park plays a violin of the German violinmaker Stefan Peter Greiner.

QUOTES
“She played the Prokofjew concerto confidently by heart and with enchanting lyric intonation, not only during the flageolets, but also with an energetic sound and bowing during the motoric passages of the first movement. She showed high virtuosity in the following wild scherzo, then again expressive intonation and brilliant passages in the finale, which finishes cautiously, as do the two Tschaikowski pieces.”
Coburger Tageblatt, 18 January 2017, Gerhard Deutschmann

“Her beautiful sound in the virtuoso second movement is touching. With a stunning dexterity it pervades through the piece in absolute perfection and diffuses a baffling dark sparkle.”
Neue Presse, 17 January 2017, Von Bernd Schellhorn

“She played the Prokofjew concerto confidently by heart and with enchanting lyric intonation, not only during the flageolets, but also with an energetic sound and bowing during the motoric passages of the first movement. She showed high virtuosity in the following wild scherzo, then again expressive intonation and brilliant passages in the finale, which finishes cautiously, as do the two Tschaikowski pieces.”
Gerhard Deutschmann, Coburger Tageblatt, 18 January 2017

“Her beautiful sound in the virtuoso second movement is touching. With a stunning dexterity it pervades through the piece in absolute perfection and diffuses a baffling dark sparkle.”
Von Bernd Schellhorn, Neue Presse, 17 January 2017

“…wenn man es so hingebungsvoll und souverän ausphrasiert wie die zauberhafte Hyeyoon Park. Park verfügt über etwas einzigartig Kostbares, das ihren Geigenton unvergleichlich charakterisiert: natürliche Süße. Hinzu kommen bestechende Intonation, blitzende Virtuosität und ausgeprägter Sinn für strukturierende Gestaltung […]”
Süddeutsche Zeitung 17 November 2014, Harald Eggebrecht

“Und das mit wunderbar kraftvollem Griff, einer Innigkeit, die die Komposition ins Erhabene steigerte, einer wunderbaren Eleganz des Spiels.”
Emder Zeitung, 08 August 2014

“und anmutig erklang Parks Spiel. Unaufdringlich virtuos gestaltete Park den mit allerlei technischer Würze versehenen Allegretto-Teil. Leicht und tänzerisch formt sie dabei das Landlerthema, das schließlich eine Kärntner Volksweise mündet.”
Landshuter Zeitung, 01 July 2014

“Der Höhepunkt des Abends war ohne Zweifel das Violinkonzert e-Moll von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Die erst 21-jährige Südkoreanerin Hyeyoon Park spielte keine seelenlosen Töne herunter, sondern lebte die Musik. Technisch brillant beeindruckte sie mit einem unglaublich intensiven und virtuosen Spiel. Die junge Künstlerin, die bereits im Alter von 4 Jahren mit dem Geigen-spiel begann, formte die Musik mit all den Klangmöglichkeiten ihrer Violine. Sie tat dies mit einer so großen Überzeugung, dass ihre Ausdrucksweise für den Moment des Hörens, die einzig Rich-tige war. Genau an diesem Punkt, für das fantastische Solo, war das Zusammenspiel mit dem Orchester von großer Bedeutung. Es war eine unmittelbare Erfahrung, die Korrespondenz zwischen Solis¬tin und Orchester zu beobachten”
LIPPE aktuell, 14 June 2014

“Energisch, dabei feinsinnig ist Parks Spiel. Anspruchsvolle, wohlklingende Doppelgriffe, aufregende Läufe und fein zuselierte romantisch anmutende Phrasen gelingen perfekt. Park versteht es, die der Komposition inneliegenden breit gefächerten Emotionen darzustellen. Mit ihrem kraftvollen Spiel, selbst in den leisen Passagen sehr präsent, lässt sie das Gotteshaus festlich strahlen.”
Ostfriesischer Kurier, 08 August 2014

“Beim sanften Paukenbeginn mochte man sich an Ludwig van Beethovens ähnlich anhebendes Violinkonzert erinnert fühlen, ihren solistischen Part legte Hyeyoon Park, die bei Christian Tetzlaff an der Kronberg Academy studiert, spannungsvoll vermittelnd aus. Spanisches und Kriegerisches, Hymnisches und Intrikates: Mit ihrer exzellenten Technik und ihrem so schwerelosen Ton changierte sie perfekt zwischen diesen Facetten des 1940 vollendeten, zehn Jahre später von Britten überarbeiteten Konzerts. Auf den wunderbar offen ausschwebenden Schluss-Triller ließ sie im Samstagskonzert noch eine dämonische Zugabe folgen, „Obsession“, den ersten Satz aus der zweiten Solo-Sonate des belgischen Geigenvirtuosen Eugène Ysaÿe.”
Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung, 22 April 2014 von Axel Zibulski

 Marlis Petersen
photo: Yiorgos Mavropoulos
Marlis Petersen

Soprano

The main focus of Marlis Petersenʼs repertoire is the field of lyric coloratura soprano, however she has also made a name for her self as an interpreter of contemporary music. After studying with Sylvia Geszty at the Conservatory in Stuttgart she began her career at the Nuremberg
State Theatre and later was engaged at the German Opera of the Rhine. A central role in her repertoire is Bergʼs heroine Lulu, a piece she has performed in ten productions in renowned opera houses all over the world. She has appeared at Covent Garden London, at the Opera Bastille in Paris, at the MET New York, at the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Bavarian State Opera and at all the opera houses in Berlin, at the Salzburg Festival, Bregenz Festival, as well as in Aix-en- Provence.

Among the most important world premieres in which Marlis Petersen has participated are Hans Werner Henzeʼs “Phaedra” in Berlin, Manfred Trojahnʼs “La Grande Magia” at the Semper Opera in Dresden and with enormous success the title role of Aribert Reimannʼs “Medea” at
the Vienna State Opera. For this role she was given for the second time the title of singer of the year 2010 by the acclaimed opera magazine “Opernwelt”.
A third time the title was given to her for the new production of Lulu at the Bavarian State Opera in the year 2015, directed by Dimitri Tcherniakov, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

She had a big success singing her first “Traviata” in Peter Konwitschnyʼs production in Graz (2011) and recently impressed critics and audience performing all 4 roles ( Stella, Olympia, Antonia and Giulietta) in Les Contes D’ Hoffmann (Theather an der Wien).
The soprano works regularly with baroque orchestras like Akamus Berlin, Bach- Collegium Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Freiburg Baroque. She has collaborated with some of the most important classical orchestras worldwide like the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Boston Symphony, the Santa Cecilia -Rome, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Mahler Chamber.

marlis-petersen.de

 Timothy Ridout
photo: Kaupo Kikkas
Timothy Ridout

Viola

Since  winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition  in 2016, Timothy has gone on to perform widely internationally, in 2019  winning the prestigious Thierry Scherz Award at the Sommets Musicaux de  Gstaad awarded by Renaud Capuçon.

Concerto  engagements during 2018/19 include a residency with Baden-Baden  Philharmonie and appearances with the Hamburg Symphony, Tonhalle  Orchester Zurich, Orchestre de Lille, Camerata Salzburg and Philharmonia  Orchestra.

He returns to Wigmore Hall as soloist, and in chamber music collaborations  with Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, the Quatuor Arod,  NIcolas Daniel and the Nash Ensemble.  In 2019 he gives recitals at the  Berlin Konzerthaus, Louvre, Sommets Musicaux Gstaad,  Heidelberger-Frühling, Evian and Radio France Montpelier Festivals and returns as Artist in Residence to the Boswiler Sommer Festival.

Further  afield he takes part in the Aspen Festival (USA), makes his debut at  the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and gives a series of  concerts in Japan with pianist Benjamin Frith including the Sumida  Triphony Hall in Tokyo.

Born in London, Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music (graduating  with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence) and is currently at the  Kronberg Academy with  Nobuko Imai.

Timothy plays on a viola by Peregerino di Zanetto c.1565-75 generously on loan from Beares International Violin Society.

www.timothyridout.com

 Lionel Speciale
Lionel Speciale

Horn

 Goran Stevanovic
Goran Stevanovic

Accordion / Bandoneon

 Lech Antonio Uszynski
photo: Marco Borggreve
Lech Antonio Uszynski

Viola

Lech Antonio Uszynski has established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile violists of his generation with his reflective play, which does not rely on external effects but on sound, structure and emotion.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in venues such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London and many more.

His great musical passion is chamber music: since 2010 he has been a member of the Stradivari Quartet, with which he has enjoyed success on stages in Europe, Asia and America. Highlights of past seasons have included performances at the Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival and Rubinstein Piano Festival. The debut CD with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “prussian quartets” was followed in the spring of 2018 by the recording of Robert Schumann’s three string quartets released by RCA Red Seal (Sony).

As a sought-after chamber musician, Lech Antonio works with artists such as Antoine Tamestit, Maximilian Hornung, Lars Vogt and others. In 2011 he recorded Steve Reich’s string quartets “Different Trains” & “Triple Quartet” for EMI Classics. His latest solo CD “Progetto Gibson” with works by Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich and Joseph Joachim, will be released in 2018.

Lech Antonio Uszynski was born in 1986 in Padova, Italy, as the son of a Polish family of musicians, and grew up in Switzerland. He studied violin under Ana Chumachenco and Zakhar Bron in Zurich, where he achieved his Master’s with distinction in 2007. He also completed a chamber music diploma with distinction under Professor Gérard Wyss.

From 2010 to 2017 he played on the famous Antonio Stradivari “Gibson” viola (Cremona 1734) of the Habisreutinger Foundation. Since 2017 he performs on a rare viola made by Hendrik Willems from 1690.

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